KOU Shows a good Progress in the Jan. Edition-2023 of Webometrics

On Jan.28, 2023, the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has announced it January Edition of the year 2023. More than 32,000 worldwide universities were ranked, where 30 universities from the Kurdistan Region-Iraq were listed in the ranking.

Koya University ranked 4506 among 32,000 worldwide universities, 33rd among 122 Iraqi universities and ranked 13th among 32 (9th among 15 public universities) of the Universities in Kurdistan region. It is important to notice that the current world ranking (4506) is the best rank that the KOU has ever made.

Here what happened:

Compared to previous ranking edition (July 2022), In the point of view of world ranking KOU has shown a progress of 955 places, in Iraq 2 places and in KRG 1 place. See the table below:


July 2022 Edition

January 2023 Edition (Current)






955 places




2 places




1 place

Calculation of indicators

Published figures are RANKS (lower is better), intended for showing individual performances, but they are not the values used in the calculations. Due to technical issues several key changes (marked in red) have been done, so the following table describes the current methodology:


Web contents Impact

 Number of external networks (subnets) linking to the institution's webpages (normalized and then the maximum value is chosen)




Top cited researchers

 Number of citations from Top 310 authors (excl. top 30 outliers)
  See Transparent Ranking for additional info, specially the reasons for exclusion

 Google Scholar



Top cited

 Number of papers amongst the top 10% most cited in each one of the 26 disciplines of the full database
  Data for the five year period: 2017-2021




Koya University (KOU) is located in the city of Koya (Koy Sanjaq) which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region of F.R. Iraq. It is on the foothills of beautiful high mountain. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful mountainous nature. . There are 4 Faculties and 2 Schools in KOU; Faculty of Engineering (FENG), Faculty of Science and Health (FSCH), Faculty of Education (FEDU), Faculty of Humanities and Social Silences (FHSS), Shcool of Physical Education (SPHE) and School of Medicine (SMED). Also, there are two research centers; Genome Center and Malai Gawra Center. Moreover, at KOU there is an English Language Center (BELC) at KOU has been opened with the sponsorship of IREX and American embassy in Baghdad as well as with the support of Spring International Language Center of The University of ArkansasKOU has two Scientific Journals; ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, which is indexed by Clarivate Analytics (ESCI), and Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (KUJHSS). KOU is a proactive member of Erasmus/ Marhaba Project and Erasmus+. KOU signed many Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with many International Universities, e.g., The University of Arkansas (June 2015). The Lulea University in Sweden (April 2014), The University of Nottingham in the UKThe University of Buckingham in the UK (Oct 2008), Belkin University in Turkey (Sep 2009) The University of Greenwich in the UKCihan University-Erbil (2021) and Tishk International University (2021). Koya University is a memebr of The Association of Arab Universities and the International Association of Universities.

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